Dr. Alissa Crans , Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Alissa S. Crans has been recognized nationally for her enthusiastic ability to share and communicate mathematics, having been honored with the Hasse Prize for expository writing on mathematics, as well as with the 2011 Henry L. Alder Award for distinguished teaching by a beginning college or university mathematics faculty member. She has been invited to speak at MoMath and in various lecture series including the MAA Distinguished Lecture and Bay Area Mathematics Adventures, as well as at numerous mathematical days for undergraduates. She is known for her active mentoring and support of women mathematicians and is dedicated to helping students increase their appreciation and enthusiasm for the discipline. She proselytizes about math in settings that range from the California Academy of Sciences to public school classrooms. She is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University, where her research interests lie in the field of higher-dimensional algebra.